Feb 11, 2013 5:00pm EST
to provide a voice of the world. last week's european council agreed the overall limit on eu spending for the next seven years, starting in 2014. been agreed in the past, spending has gone up, but last week we agreed that spending should come down. by working with like-minded allies, we delivered a real- terms cut in what brussels can spend for the first time in history. as the house knows, the eu budget is negotiated annually, so what we were negotiating -- initially at the council last november and again last week -- was not the individual annual budgets, but rather the overall framework for the next seven years. this includes the overall ceilings on what can be spent -- effectively, the limit on the european union's credit card for the next seven years. during the last negotiation, which covered the period 2007 to 2013, the last government agreed to an 8% increase in the payments ceiling, to 943 billion. put simply, this gave the eu a credit card with a higher limit, and today we are still living with the results of allowing the eu's big spenders to push for more and more spending
Feb 4, 2013 6:30pm PST
are desperate to bring the crisis under control. they want to excel britney eurozone and the eu's political and economic integration. >> our political correspondent is following this and we go live to our parliamentary studios. all parties concerned about corruption in spain likely to hinder the premier and his ability to solve the crisis in his country? are those concerns in berlin? >> his own personal ratings are at an all-time low before the allegations surfaced. both think it could be the last straw, but he has denied that there is any truth of the matter. at the press conference in berlin, he said three times "absolutely false" a reference to these allegations and that he would prove they are false. we will wait and see. even if they cloud of suspicion remains hanging over him, it is not at all certain that it will hamper his political maneuverability in spain. recent surveys show 96% of spaniards believe the political class in spain as corrupt anyway. remarkably, although they are angry about it, they show an extraordinary degree of resignation. >> there is quite a bit of resignation.